On this, their second release – the Juno Award-nominated What We Leave Behind – the undoubted bluegrass/Americana influences are largely outweighed by the Celtic inspiration driving the majority of the tune sets, of which No Bridge Too Far is a fine example. However, the overriding impression I get from the rest of this album, comprised of tunes and songs in about equal measure, is that the band may be attempting to broaden their audience reach, as there are quite a lot of songs that plough a more mainstream alt-pop/folktronica furrow.
That said, many of the tracks are very evocative, such as the brooding 82 Fires, inspired by the wild fires burning during a tour of Tasmania, and Miner’s Dream – reminiscent of the catchy folk-pop of Newfoundland’s finest: Great Big Sea.
Whilst many bands from a more instrumental background try to broaden their appeal by including more songs in their repertoire, not many succeed in getting the balance right – something particularly tricky in the case of The East Pointers due to the stripped down nature of their instrumentation being better suited to dynamic tune sets. But in spite of such reservations, this is still a release to be recommended to any listener with a taste for contemporary Celtic sounds.